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Energy conservation project pays off

Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) mostly from textile sector saved on an average 9 per cent of their energy costs with investments that paid back in less than three months.

These results were achieved through energy saving measures implemented in 22 companies since beginning of 2012 under project Espire – a cooperation project of bfz gGmbH (Germany) with Pakistani business associations and Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (Smeda).

The participating factories from Karachi, Lahore, Faisalabad and Sialkot found out that energy savings equaled the production capacity of around 3MW and were worth more than Rs61 million per year.

The consultants assigned to the project helped the companies to identify where energy was wasted and supported them to reduce the wastage, explained Salahuddin Farrukh, national project coordinator of bfzgGmbH.

At a concluding ceremony held recently, he said the achieved energy savings were monitored for six months and the staff of the industrial units was been trained to identify energy wastages themselves in future.

The representative bodies of the industrial units included Pakistan Readymade Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association, Pakistan Hosiery Manufacturers Association (PHMA), Towel Manufacturers Association of Pakistan, Federal B Area Association of Trade and Industry, North Karachi Association of Trade and Industry, Korangi Association of Trade and Industry and Smeda.

Some of these trade bodies have established in-house Technical Support Cell (TSC) with the help of bfzgGmbH and are now properly equipped with trained staff to provide services related to environment, energy and production efficiency.

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